Polishing Machines

Remove, restore and refine old paint jobs as well as buff out scratches and paint swirls with our versatile range of polishers. Cromwell offers a broad selection of electrical polishers that are appropriate for the DIY enthusiast as well as the professional with products that range in price and purpose. The range includes polishers and buffing power tools from leading brands such as Hikoki© and DeWalt©.

What are Polishers?

Polishers are an electrical power tool that have indexable heads and removable materials to polish, buff and sand surfaces. Typically used to buff paint and improve the appearance of scuffs and damage on cars, polishers are an essential when working with vehicle bodies as well as when smoothing down materials such as wood and plastic.

Why polishers?

Polishers are used in a huge range of industries when it comes to the appearance and aesthetics of materials. The body of the polisher will offer degrees of power and speed to suit the material the user is working on, and at Cromwell we offer a range of polishers such as cordless, sanders, buffers and air polishers. Polishers are a more efficient and controlled option compared to manually buffing and are an absolute necessity when smoothing hardy and tough materials into desired shapes and conditions.

When are polishers used?

Car Polishers are essential in the motor-vehicle industry, whether a paint job has gone wrong, a scratch or imperfection needs buffing out or the vehicle body simply needs shining. For many other industries, polishers are implemented as tools to remove materials as well as flatten and shape designs. Dependant on the strength and power output of your chosen polisher, the power tools can remove oxidisation from metals improving the overall performance and appearance of machinery and motors.

Polisher types

As reflected in Cromwell's online selection, there is a huge range of car polishers dependant on the needs of the user. Below are a list and brief explanation of the most popular polishers in demand.

General Polisher / Buffer
The general polisher will smooth and remove imperfections on materials and paint jobs as well as improve the overall appearance of the surface by removing dirt and revealing reflection.

Sander Polisher
Sander polishers are typically harsher and have a powerful body that can remove and quickly smooth materials such as wood, plastic and metal to a desired shape or flattened surface. However, sander polishers do not have the same orbital speed as a general sander that is used to quickly remove and cut wood and metal.

Considerations when choosing a polisher

Cord/Cordless - Dependant on the work in hand as well as the surrounding conditions and environment, it will be handy to think of whether you require a corded or cordless polisher. If plugs and power outputs are guaranteed and the surface is small, corded polishers are typically ok for the needs of the user.

Brushed/Brushless - Electrical motors are either brushed, which means the variants are composed of carbon, or brushless, when the inner motor units are magnetised. This results in brushless motors generating no friction, producing much less heat and overall providing optimal performance.

Sponge material - Polishers naturally wear down the material heads and sponges. However, the heads are usually hard-duty Velcro to allow the user to remove the head and replace with different materials. The most common materials used for polishing is wool, foam and microfibre, and dependant on the speed of the orbiting head, will affect the result of the polishing. Be sure to check the appropriate material for the effect you require on the surface being polished.

Dual-Action Polisher/Rotary Polisher - Dual-action polishers spin two different ways when in use whereas a rotary polisher spins in one single axis. The difference in performance is that dual-action polishers will not be able to burn through paint and remove marks from paintwork because the dual spinning doesn't allow this, but rotary polishers produce heat and friction to build up allowing the user to perform paint correction processes.


Does polishing paint remove scratches?

Yes. Dependant on the polisher and abrasive used, the purpose of polishers is to remove and buff out scratches.

What material can polishers be used on?

Dependant on the sponge material and head used and if there is a chemical used in the process of polishing, polishers can be used on a huge range of woods, metals and plastics. Research and check with suppliers for exact materials and questions regarding the effect of polishing on said materials.

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